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‘Las niñas’ is the portrait of today’s generation of women, drawn through the education they received in the early 90’s in Spain.
In the Catholic girls‘ school choir, Celia‘s voice must not be heard. But her mute acceptance of the conservative dictates of an environment utterly bereft of colour and individuality is soon shaken up by the arrival of a new classmate, Brisa.
Standing on the threshold of adolescence, Celia discovers a thirst for life in all its multifaceted glory. A bond quickly develops between the two girls, and together they rail against the authority figures and their rigid rules.
In small acts of rebellion, Celia finds the courage to express her growing distrust of the value system governing her world in 1990s Spain, as questions start to form about her own family background – a topic on which her mother has always kept silent.
“We were the first generation of women in Spain that were encouraged to be whatever we wanted to be: to study, to be independent, women of the future...”
“Schoolgirls is the story of many of the women of today, told through the education they received from the Spain of 1992.”
“I'm here to confess, Father, for I have sinned. – What sins have you committed, my child? – I don't know.”
Festival & Awards Winner: Premiered at Berlinale 2020, Winner Best Film at Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2020.